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West Midlands crime commissioner on panel at community event

PANELISTS: Bob Jones and Yvonne Mosquito

THE WEST Midlands Police crime commissioner Bob Jones and his deputy Birmingham City Councillor Yvonne Mosquito will be part of a panel discussing custody issues at a community meeting in Birmingham.

It will be held on Thursday (March 7) between 6pm and 8pm at Lozells Methodist Community Centre, 163 Gerrard Street, Lozells and members of the public are welcome.

The event is being jointly organised by Birmingham Empowerment Forum (BEM) and the legal & criminal justice division of United in Building Legacy, a forum and lobbying group for the African and Caribbean community.

Desmond Jaddoo, founder of BEM, said: “The issue of people taken into police custody has been at the forefront of our community for many years. This includes the many unfortunate episodes of deaths in custody, which has impacted upon the lives of families in their quest for justice.

“The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss these issues and also the civic role we as a community can offer in order to address these areas of concern.

“There is a need for better demographic representation in these areas and it is now time for us as a community to get involved to ensure the fair treatment of those who end up in the criminal justice system.”

Ricky Dehaney, chief executive of Prison Link, an organisation funded by the Probation Service, which helps to resettle offenders back into the community, will also be part of the panel of speakers.

Jaddoo added: “Remember we now have an elected Police & Crime Commissioner – accountability and transparency are key factors of his role and we must take advantage of this.”

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